Francis Ng Chun-yu recently won the award for Best Leading Actor at the Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, and has also been voted Best Actor three times by the Hong Kong Film Critics Society. He made his directorial debut with the film 9413 at the Far East Film Festival in 1998. Where are you most likely to be at 10am on a Sunday? Sleeping - if I'm not at work. Where are you most likely to be at 10pm on a Friday? I'd have to give the same answer as question one. Where do you live? In Kowloon. Where do you go to escape in Hong Kong? Home and anywhere near the sea. I love nature, particularly the sea. It gives me a feeling of peace I can't find anywhere else. Whom in Hong Kong do you most admire? Francis Ng Chun-yu! You have to admire yourself to become successful. Whom do you least admire? No one. Not even those who dislike me. What inspires you? People and everyday events. I once went to karaoke with a friend, whose rendition of one of Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing's songs was hysterical. After a good laugh, it struck me it would make a good film scene, and I emulated his 'performance' in Once Upon A Time In Triad Society. What was your most haunting experience? Back in my TVB days when I was performing in a stunt cycling show for charity. I ended up rolling down a slope and spent two weeks in hospital with a twisted leg. I was also hit by a fake glass bottle while filming Juliet In Love last summer, and cut my head open. I needed five stitches. What do you love about Hong Kong after you've been away? Food - definitely one of Hong Kong's main attractions. My favourite is Yin Yang - a local milk tea with coffee. What do you hate most after you've been away? The crowds, the pollution and the city's overwhelming amount of concrete. I love the sea, and I'm always upset by the constant reclamation work which seems to steal our harbour on a daily basis. What do you consider to be your biggest achievement so far? To be recognised as an actor. I don't consider winning Best Leading Actor for The Mission at the Golden Horse awards as my biggest achievement. I was happy, of course, but I made more than 20 movies last year, and to me The Mission was just another film. I'd also like to think I haven't achieved my full potential yet. What was your childhood dream? To become an artist. After leaving school I wanted a job that didn't require excellent qualifications but offered flexible working time. And I found it. What makes you sweat? Clusters of tiny insects. I get itchy just seeing them. What is your best virtue? I think I'm a kind-hearted person although I lose my temper easily. And I am always respectful to the elderly. What has been your biggest mistake? Not reading scripts thoroughly. I almost never act according to the script, so I have to spend a lot of extra time talking to the director to be sure I know exactly what he wants. What would you like to be reincarnated as? Myself. Is there something you never part with? The spirit of Buddhism and my four dogs, who have been with me for more than 15 years. I still occasionally bring stray dogs home with me. What are your plans for the future? I want to direct more movies, work harder on improving my acting, and play a musician at least once before I retire. I've always longed for such a role. Musicians seem to have so much character, and their appearance is so cool. Give us some wisdom ... Don't set yourself impossible standards - go with the flow.